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Part 1: Background and Basics > Macintosh Basics: Hardware and Software

Chapter 1. Macintosh Basics: Hardware and Software

Exactly How Did I Get Here?

Macintosh Models and Computer Systems

Computing and Storage Hardware

The CPU and ROM

The Processor Is the Computer

The Nature of the Mac ROM Has Changed

RAM: Electronic Storage

Measuring RAM

RAM Is Fast

RAM Is Electrical

Information in RAM Is Not Read-Only

RAM Is Expensive

RAM Is Temporary

Disks: Physical Storage

Measuring Storage Capacity

Disk Storage Is Temporarily Permanent

Types of Disks and Disk Drives

Hard Disks

Floppy Disks

CD-ROM and DVD-ROM Discs

Other Removable Storage

System Software

System Software Versions

The Essentials: The System File, The Finder, System Resources, Mac OS ROM, and Other Important Files

The System File

The Finder (and the Desktop)

System Resources

Mac OS ROM

Other Important Files

Special Subfolders

Which Item Goes Where?

Apple Menu Items Folder

Extensions Folder

Control Panels Folder

Startup Items Folder

Shut Down Items Folder

Preferences Folder

Fonts Folder

Control Strip Modules

Contextual Menu Items

Internet Search Sites

Launcher Items

Appearance

Favorites

Application Support

Help

Still More Folders

Remaining System Folder Files


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